Health of Nations

For those who haven’t been following it, all week Ezra Klein has been following the healthcare systems of other countries and comparing them to our own. So far he’s done France, England, Canada, and Germany.1 In today’s installment he links to a survey of per capita health spending that shows how bloated an unwieldy our system is. To make the point even more obvious, here’s a graph of the survey’s findings :

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That’s right, we spend more than twice as much as most of our friends, yet we cover a much lower percentage of our people and have a higher rates of illness and death for preventable diseases. Something this shameful should be a scandal, yet even acknowledging these obvious facts is considered anti-American in some circles. Like I’ve said before, sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side of the fence….

1 : SPOILER ALERT : They all have better healthcare than the United States.

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